Life is filled with detours, potholes and serious roadblocks. Frankly, if you manage to stick closely to your path, we’re seriously impressed. For the rest of us, however, we sometimes long for a big life change. The problem is that it’s a leap many of us are afraid to take. But we shouldn’t be. Life is about taking risks and trying new things. Here are a few ways to make it seem less daunting.
Make the Big Move
There are few physical changes that have as big of an effect as moving cities. Picking up your entire life, hauling it across state lines, country borders, and maybe even oceans can be simultaneously terrifying and thrilling. If you’re stuck in a rut in Sacramento – start applying for jobs in New York. Find a house for sale in NJ and get packing. It may seem far, but home can be anywhere, and the world is smaller than ever these days. Take the leap!
Remember that scene in any fugitive thriller when the suspect completely changes their appearance because they’re trying to escape? Pretend that’s you. Dye your hair. Shave your beard. Buy a new pair of glasses. It’s a fresh start without having to make a fresh start. You’ll see life in a brand new way and be amazed at how people’s perception of you changes. And don’t be afraid! As long as you don’t get a tattoo, you will be able to test it out for a bit and if you don’t like it, just switch back – or to something else.
When you’d otherwise say no, say ‘why not?’ When you’re inclined to ask ‘why,’ go to that job interview. Rock out at that concert. Take that trip. Life is filled with pleasant surprises and the key to unlocking them lies in that three-letter word: “Yes.”
Think about it – would you rather regret doing something out of your comfort zone or regret not doing anything at all? Always remember, variety is the spice of life and being open to new experiences is what it’s all about. Go for it! Who knows, you just might like it.
It’s hardly rocket science. We all need a refresher every once in a while and there’s no better time for it. It’s always going to be scary. It’s always going to be hard. Just start looking for a house for sale in NJ. Tell your friend you will go to Brazil with them. Ditch the same-old and give your life a makeover. You’ll thank us later.
Jake Alexander is a free lance writer who likes to blog about self help and real esate. Follow him @JakeAlexander17.